I noticed my numbers – you know, the numbers I get from my glucose meter – go up in the past week or so. Not a huge increase, but enough for me to try and figure out why. Since I work to maintain a very tight control on Diabetes, any significant change is important to me.
What do I do? I start a food diary for a couple of days. Might as well follow my own advice, right? What do I see? I am eating a few more carbs everyday. Just a few more – like 10 or 15 each day. That doesn’t sound like much, does it? I wan’t eating any candy bars or ice cream. But, I was getting a few more carbs – like in an extra granola bar.
Why was I eating the extra carbs? It suddenly hit me. I was tired. I wasn’t getting enough sleep and we all know that carbs give energy – it seemed like my body was craving them.
Here I am. I take my meds. Control my diet – for the most part. And, even when I am tired, I exercise. So, now I am supposed to get enough rest?
In a one word answer, “Yep.”
I don’t know about you, but I have days, weeks, and months where I just can’t seem to get enough rest or sleep. It’s called life. and, we are entering into the very busy holiday season during which I never seem to get enough sleep. Clearly, I have to make a few changes.
If you don’t get the rest you need you put your body under extra stress. Stress increases glucose in our blood. Then, if you add a few extra carbs, what’s going to happen? That’s right – the numbers go up!
So, in order not to have an increase in my numbers, not only do I have to take my meds, control my diet, and exercise – I have to get enough rest! Not sure how I am going to do it, but do I really have a choice? The end result will be better health and Diabetes on the run. I can live with that.
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